A 1995 graduate of Loyola, Dwan has shaped the Greyhounds' defense into one of the premier units in the nation, and his work with Loyola's rope unit has also led to a stellar transition game and play from the defensive midfield.
During Loyola's run to the 2012 NCAA Championship, the Greyhounds first, Dwan's defense finished fifth in the nation, allowing just 7.51 goals per game. He directed a pair of goalkeepers who had never started a collegiate game and close defense that had lost an All-ECAC performer to graduation.
|Dwan In The NCAA Tournament|
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|2012 - NCAA Champions||Loyola (Assistant Coach)|
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The Greyhounds not only allowed a shot percentage of just .241 during the year, but they caused 127 turnovers and forced a total of 304 miscues by opponents.
On Championship Weekend in Foxborough, Mass., Loyola's defense set a pair of impressive records. The Greyhounds limited Maryland to a Championship Game-low three goals, and Loyola allowed a combined eight goals in the semifinal and title game after yielding just five to Notre Dame.
Four of Loyola's defensive players earned USILA All-America honors in 2012 - long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff, defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins and defenders Joe Fletcher and Reid Acton - and Ratliff was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.
During the season, Ratliff set a school record in scoring by a pole with 12 goals and 19 points, breaking the record Dwan set as a senior with 11 goals and 16 points.
That quartet of defenders returned to the team in 2013 and also earned USILA All-America honors. Fletcher was tabbed the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Ratliff earned ECAC Specialist of the Year recognition. The duo also were named First- and Second-Team All-Americans, respectively.
In 2014, Loyola again had one of the most formidable defenses nationally, as the Greyhounds went undefeated in the Patriot League during their first season in the conference. The unit was second in the nation in ground balls per game (36.0) and fourth in scoring defense (7.47).
Fletcher was named the National Defender of the Year by the USILA, earning First Team All-America recognition for the second year in a row, while short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi was tabbed to the second team, and goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned third team laurels. Fletcher garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Runkel was the Goalkeeper of the Year.
In 2016, Loyola made its fourth NCAA Semifinals appearance in program history with a young defense that performed at a high level down the stretch. The Greyhounds won 10 games in a row while yielding 7.3 goals per game.
The 2009 Greyhounds' defense boasted All-American P.T. Ricci, a long-stick midfielder who was also named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year. Dwan's defense held six of Loyola 14 opponents to seven or fewer goals in 2009, as the Greyhounds played the third-toughest schedule in the nation according to the computer rankings. Loyola allowed a league-low 39 goals in seven conference games (5.57 a game) in 2008, an impressive 18 goals fewer than the second-ranked team (Hobart, 57).
The Greyhounds held nine of their 14 opponents to under 10 goals in 2008, and limited four of those to five or fewer goals. In a convincing 15-1 win over Massachusetts, the defense allowed only one goal for the first time since the 1999 season, and nearly registered the program's first shutout in 60 seasons.
A former Greyhounds' lacrosse standout himself, Dwan played professionally for the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. Part of the inaugural MLL season in 2001, Dwan played in every game for the Bayhawks from 2001 to 2003. He helped anchor a defense that advanced to the MLL championship game in each of his three seasons, while capturing the championship in 2002.
During his collegiate career, Dwan was named an All- American three times, helping the Greyhounds advance to the NCAA tournament each of his four seasons at Evergreen.
His senior year in 1995, Dwan recorded 11 goals, five assists and 93 ground balls, earning first-team All-America honors. At the time, he was just the second long-stick midfielder in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.
In 1994, he was selected as a second-team All-American and was named honorable mention as a sophomore. Dwan was named co-captain and team co-MVP his final two seasons at Loyola, and in May 1995 he graduated with career totals of 19 goals, eight assists and 240 ground balls.
In June 2003, he was inducted into Loyola's Athletic Hall of Fame, and in November 2005 he entered the Hudson Valley Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dwan and his wife, the former Michelle Meyer reside in Pasadena, Md. Michelle was one of the most decorated players in Loyola women's lacrosse history, earning All-America three times, including First-Team honors as a junior and senior. She was named the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year, as well.
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